Royal Nepal Airlines will decide in March whether it should continue its scheduled fourth weekly flight between Hong Kong and Kathmandu. Since last month, the carrier has been assessing the viability of a Monday morning flight to the capital of Nepal to complement its flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Mana Khadka, the local manager for Royal Nepal Airlines, said the carrier had been experiencing less than satisfactory passenger loads of about 60 per cent capacity on its 192-seat Boeing 757 aircraft. He blamed the poor capacity on a combination of the economic downturn and visa restrictions on the local Nepalese community. Since October last year, Nepalese nationals no longer have visa-free access to the SAR. They are now required to apply for visas of up to one month prior to arrival in Hong Kong. 'They have even stopped the visa-free entry for businessmen and, as a result, I would estimate we have lost 20 to 30 per cent of our business passengers since the implementation,' Mr Khadka said.